A drunken murder squad detective was “absolutely legless” when he ripped off his shirt and attacked a holidaymaker in a pub shouting: “I’m a copper - I will do what I like,” a court heard.
Det Sgt Paul Whiteley, 50, of Grange Moor, Huddersfield, also hurled abuse at the mother of an autistic teenager, shouting: “F*** your f****** disabled child,” it was claimed.
He launched the “unprovoked attack” after sharing bottles of wine with his girlfriend Claire Hughes, 43, at the Fylingdales Inn, Fylingthorpe, near Whitby, North Yorkshire, it was alleged.
It was alleged that as the couple left the pub - still carrying an open bottle of wine - they were followed into the car park by victim Carl Sarsfield, 41, an electrician, from Chadderton, Oldham.
Scarborough Magistrates heard holidaymaker Mr Sarsfield had been asked to have a word with the couple when the pub barmaid spotted them heading for their car.
He said: “I went out there and asked him politely ‘You are not drinking and driving are you?’”
He claimed Whiteley, who was getting in the passenger side, replied; “I’m not driving - she is.’”
Mr Sarsfield said he objected: “She is legless as well.”
Martin Hawes, prosecuting, said that Mr Sarsfield rejoined his girlfriend Paula Crossley, 41, of Royton, Oldham, and her 19-year-old autistic daughter Mia in the pub.
Hughes and Whiteley also came back into the pub and things became “heated,” Mr Sarsfield told the hearing.
He added after Whiteley slapped him in the face he defended himself and the police officer ended up on his back.
He added: “He was absolutely legless. He could hardly stand up. He was falling all over the place. I could have burped on him and he would have fallen over.”
Miss Crossley said: “He ripped his shirt off after the slap and slung it towards the bar. He shouted at Carl - ‘Come on then - outside you bald headed b******.’
“He was shouting ‘I’m a copper - I will do what I like. He was paralytic. They were both blind drunk.
“My initial reaction was to get my daughter away from what was going on. I told them to calm down and there was no need to behave in that way.”
She claims Hughes then “grabbed me by the throat” as Mia “screamed her head off”.
Miss Crossley, a full time carer, continued: “My daughter was hysterical. I saw Carl and the man fighting. The man was very drunk and fell over dragging Carl with him.
“I managed to get hold of my daughter. The man’s girlfriend was still grabbing hold of handfuls of my hair and Carl pulled her off.
“She was trying to punch me in the head at the same time.”
The court heard police were called and Whiteley, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, told the pub: “Let them come. I’m a police officer. I will sort it out.”
Miss Crossley said as they waited for police to arrive Whiteley shouted abuse.
She added: “My daughter was absolutely beside herself. It affected her for weeks afterwards.”
The court heard he was arrested and bundled in a police van after the incident around 9.30pm on May 29 last year.
Whiteley, of Grange Moor, and Hughes, of Fulford Place, Hospital Fields Road, York, both deny assault by beating.
The trial continues.
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